10 Simple Ways To Take Care Of Yourself
Self-care and self-healing are two important aspects of our lives. We need to learn important ways to maintain our health.
Taking care of yourself means that you need a daily routine that includes exercise, meditation, a good healthy and balanced diet, personal hygiene, the right amount of rest and sleep, home pleasure, personal challenges, intimacy and friends.
You also need to have self-love and self-respect, maintaining a deep connection to yourself and your purpose in life, both on the personal and the world level. The foundation of your personal and spiritual health is your personal connection with the wonder and energy of life.
Listening to your inner guidance and following through on that guidance as soon as you feel there is an imbalance somewhere.
You need to be flexible as your personal needs will vary over the weeks and years. You can tune into your inner guidance and determine for yourself what regiment you need in different stages of your life.
Self-responsibility and self-discipline help you going through life challenges, bringing the power back home to the self.
In recent decades, public interest in meditation has soared. Studies have shown benefits against an array of conditions both physical and mental, including anxiety, psoriasis, depression, irritable bowel syndrome, fibromyalgia, and post-traumatic stress disorder.
Specific studies relating to the benefits of meditation programs for patients suffering of depression, chronic pain, and anxiety have shown results similar to other existing treatments.
When our chakras are blocked, it can disrupt our mental and physical wellbeing. Practicing chakra and energy meditations we cleanse and balance out the energy of our chakra system. Chakra meditation is all about focusing on each chakra, from root to crown, to control and restore the energy that flows through them.
2. Physical Exercise
Health experts often suggest that exercise for 30 minutes five times a week is considered useful to ensure a healthy life. However, the benefits of regular exercise go beyond a healthy body and contribute significantly to mental and social areas.
Exercises have several health benefits ranging from helping in weight loss and tone muscles to increase confidence and improve mental function. Regular exercise is seen as raising levels of an individual, which in turn help to effectively perform energy. Exercise contributes significantly to improving your skills and agility.
Your chakras should open and close naturally as you go through the day, but for most people they can also be partially or completely stuck or blocked. When you have negative feelings and reactions that is a good indication you can benefit from chakra healing.
There are some simple physical exercises that you can do yourself to help you to begin opening and clearing each of your subtle energy centres and your energy field.
If you are experiencing a sense of being blocked or stuck in any way it might be necessary to have the help of a professional healer to clear them completely. This takes time and patience but can really accelerate you through the process if you truly want to experience chakra healing and take your energy and consciousness to new levels.
3. Good Food
Special substances contained in foods are the real contributors to healing and fighting inflammation. Individual properties of berries, spinach, and mushrooms include antioxidants (vitamin C), phytochemicals, and fibre. Yogurt, although not normally viewed as a healing food, contains probiotics which aids digestion and prevent illness.
Making your food choices for the health of your chakras is another way to get started healing your chakras, and your life. A colourful rainbow diet will do more than just keep your body healthy — it will also keep your chakras balanced. Whether you want to lose weight or increase your energy levels, incorporating foods from all the colours of the rainbow will help you achieve balance, so you look and feel your best.
In the sacral chakra, you move from standing on the solid ground of your first chakra to the fluid world of your second chakra. This chakra is the essence of life as seen in bodily fluids like blood and tears and lymph. There is no life on earth without water. While the first chakra challenges you to create structure and hold your ground, the second wants you to let go so your creativity can flow.
A healthy sacral chakra aids in control and balance in your life. It is the best thing you can ingest as a sacral chakra healing food.
When it comes to foods for your solar plexus chakra, you should focus on foods that help transform the energy from your first two chakras and send it up to your fourth chakra. A healthy and balanced third chakra seeks to balance self-esteem issues and intuition.
Sunny yellow fruits and vegetables like yellow peppers, corn, lemons, and bananas, help to clear and balance your solar plexus chakra. the heart chakra is all about balance — coming into balance within yourself as well as with your relationships and whatever is happening in your environment.
The heart chakra is all about balance — coming into balance within yourself as well as with your relationships and whatever is happening in your environment. Vibrant green nutrient-rich vegetables, especially leafy and cruciferous ones like kale, lettuces, spinach, chard, bok choy, collard greens, and broccoli, will really ramp up the energy of your heart chakra and help to heal it.
The fifth chakra is the portal through which you bring spirit into the physical realm, where you connect with your true essence. Speaking your truth is the best food you can feed your throat chakra. Like water, fresh 100% fruit juices (with no added sugars), and herbal teas will help to keep your throat chakra healthy.
Raw walnuts, sprouted almonds, and poppy seeds — are nutrient-dense and packed with antioxidants that will help heal your brow chakra.
Your crown chakra is more spirit than earth, so its nourishment really comes from sources other than food, including love and a strong connection to the Divine.
Located on the topmost part of your head, eating light meals while engaging in a spirit-boosting activity like meditation can energize your crown chakra.
Incense and smudging herbs like sage, copal, myrrh, frankincense, and juniper, can help awaken your crown chakra to the highest form of spiritual communication.
4. Daily Routine
The first hours of the day, when you first wake up affect your mindset and productivity, hence setting the tone for the rest of the day.
The importance of these early morning hours is the reason why some of the world’s most successful people carefully craft morning routines designed to help them start the day off right and make the most of hours that follow.
If you would like to start each day in the best way possible, consider implementing some of these proven morning routines into your morning schedule.
5. Connect To The Energy & Wonder Of Life
There is a wealth of evidence that spirituality can be great for your health, happiness and wellbeing. From birth to death you are on a spiritual journey to become a wiser and better person. Every situation, easy or painful, is an opportunity to become more loving, compassionate and conscious. This is the true foundation of happiness and inner peace.
The foundation of spiritual health is your personal connection with the wonder and energy of life. From a flower, through a child’s smile, to the awesome night sky there is a magic and beauty to existence. It is crucial that day-by-day you have times of connecting with this wonder and energy. This is your spiritual fuel.
From birth to death you are on a spiritual journey to become a wiser and better person. Every situation, easy or painful, is an opportunity to become more loving, compassionate and conscious. This is the true foundation of happiness and inner peace.
You are part of the web of life and your spiritual generosity supports everyone’s health. Caring for others triggers a feedback loop of wellbeing that nourishes your own body and soul.
6. Learn To Heal Yourself With Reiki
The practice of Reiki is an original method of healing developed by Mikao Usui in Japan early in the 20th century. It is practiced by millions of people worldwide and there are over one hundred styles that have evolved from the system developed by Mikao Usui.
Reiki is a natural healing energy that works on every level, not just the physical, and is understood to promote the body’s regenerative self-healing ability.
It is a safe, gentle, and relaxing healing method which can be learned and used easily by anyone. Once you are attuned to Reiki energy, you can use it anytime you want, wherever you are, to bring balance to your mind, body and spirit.
Reiki is not a religion, but a spiritual practice. It provides you with a tool that can help you connect with your wise-self, your soul.
7. Be Aware Of How Negativity Can Affect You
We live in a world made of energy. We are made of energy and therefore, we are connected to everything else around us. What happens in the whole, happens in the individual.
We could define a negative energy as a thought, a feeling or ‘something else‘, that makes us feel stuck or unable to break free. This is often associated with conscious or unconscious fear.
Perhaps we are generating these thoughts and feelings, as our fears have been triggered. Other times these belong to other people or places.
If we are feeling certain emotions or thoughts, they are highly likely within our energy field or even in our physical body.
So, what kind of negative energies can get stuck to our aura or body? What impact can they have on us? How do we know what is affecting us? What can we do about it?
8. Form Keystone Habits
Keystone habits are small changes that we introduce into our routines that lead to the development of other good habits. They start a chain effect in our lives that produce a number of positive outcomes.
Keystone habits are the foundation for other healthy habits to thrive.
Keystone habits are important because when you developed a good keystone habit, it will affect other areas of your life. It is just like a chain effect that produces a number of positive outcomes.
This is why keystone habits are important. When developing the right habits, they will give a positive impact on all other areas of your life.
9. Learn To ‘Let Go‘
We have different ways to deal with negative emotions: when we feel an emotion that we do not want, we have a tendency to either suppress it, repress it, express it, or escape it.
We assume that what happens is that we have a thought, and this then determines our feelings and physical responses. This is the intuitive way to imagine it.
However, in his book ‘Letting Go: The Pathway of Surrender”, David Hawkins presents evidence that supports the opposite view, that our thoughts are often driven by how we are feeling.
This means that we cannot only focus on positive thinking and make the feelings go away. However, we can use our thoughts to challenge those feelings, and slowly teach our body not to produce them.
The ‘Letting Go Technique‘ that can be used anytime, anywhere to skilfully process emotions and lead us toward higher, lighter, freer stages of human development.
10. Practice Gratitude (& Keep a Journal)
It’s no secret that showing gratitude is good for you. As well as being backed by science, leaders such as the Dalai Lama are also big fans, so it’s no wonder that more of us are taking the time to be thankful for what we have in our lives.
On a general scale, gratitude can be thought of as a mental state of mind: you are consciously grateful for things and people in your life. Gratitude can also be thought of as small acts of acknowledging what and for whom you’re grateful, such as calling up your best friend and telling them how much they mean to you. It’s an act of expressing your gratitude that many may resonate with.
Journaling has been proven to improve your well-being; making a point of jotting down all the things that you are grateful for can take the experience to a whole new level. Keeping a gratitude journal is easy and on the simplest level it involves making a note of the things that you are grateful for that day.
Giancarlo Serra works as a healer and Reiki teacher. He offers in-person and online consultations. Read More.